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audiogalaxy

Music is a huge part of my daily life, whether at a computer, driving in my car, or sitting waiting for the next meeting music is always playing.  I have used Pandora or Slacker off and on, as loading a media card is a bit of pain. Then I stumbled across AudioGalaxy, a cloud storage application that allows easy access to all your music while on the go.  With large music selections it can be hard to manage and find the song you are looking for easily, but with this application the process is extremely easy.

Whether you are a Mac or PC the process is quite simple, and takes just a few minutes to set up before your music is imported. Simply visit www.audiogalaxy.com to sign up for an account, it will then have you download an application which will then search your computer for all DRM-free music and begin to import it immediately. The music is organized by artist, and can be sorted by album if chosen and play lists can be created right from your computer and seen on the free Android application. Whether you have a large music collection that you don't want to put on your media card, or just want an easy way to manage your music on your computer and listen to it easily while on the go, this application is simply put as a must have. Download links after the break.

 

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Android Quick App: AudioGalaxy cloud music streaming

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Is this really accessing your music from a cloud? It seems that your music library stays on your computer and acts as a server. You have to keep it on and awake 24 hours a day? This is not my idea of a good cloud music solution.

You're correct.

BUT, if the AudioGalaxy team owned a server which had to carry your music, this probably wouldn't be free.

There are other cloud solutions which you can pay for that might suit you better.

I agree with you. I just think to equate this to cloud computing is incorrect and misleading. Cloud music solutions require storage of your music in a "cloud", not your home computer. When a good and true music cloud storage solution comes out, I'll be glad to pay the fees. I haven't found any yet. I'm hoping that Google's will set the standard.

Are you sure?

It might be less costly for them to hold one copy of every song, and a database that keeps your play-list/rights-list. There is a lot less bandwidth to deal with streaming one way as opposed to reaching out to your computer and streaming that to them, and then to your phone.

How long can they afford the bandwidth for free?

(If it went direct from your computer to your phone, why would you need them involved at all? Just buy the software, install, configure your firewall and nodody else needs to know what is on your machine.)

It's my understanding that, with Audiogalaxy, music streams directly from your computer to your device. The small Audiogalaxy client on your computer periodically polls your DRM-free music and makes it available to the music list on your device. So Audiogalaxy incurs no (or very little) bandwidth.

If true, then why does it need to run via their servers at all?
It seems this is mostly a firewall piercing technology so people don't have to know anything about their home router.

Still they are keeping lists of all your music, and even repairing your metadata for you. Once you share this information, its not clear if you have any claim to privacy anymore. It could be legally risky. And unless the computer side piece is open source, you have no assurance of what it is scanning.

With the falling prices of MicroSD cards, I just can't see me wanting to chew up my bandwidth and my battery streaming music I could just as well copy to the phone without even cabling up via Astro or something.

My first response upon seeing this post was "why not just use Subsonic?" ;)

I can see the cost (10 euro, after a one month trial) being annoying, but with its constant updates (today's added voice commands!), portability (I run mine off a Solaris server - try that with the usual Win/OSX software), and fantastic support, it's well worth the ~$15. It also supports streaming through web browsers and iOS devices, so you're never without your music.

Audiogalaxy is not designed to have every bell and whistle so on a PC Magazine type feature review subsonic is going to have more features. Audiogalaxy is designed to be simple to use and as a stepping stone to a more social experience like Audiogalaxy v1 days.

This must kill you battery life just as quickly as Pandora. On the other hand you get your own collection.

And all you have to do is let someone who you don't know crawl your computer's harddrive at will while you aren't even home.

How long till the music industry lawyers find a way to game this system?

Sorry for the dumb question, but I am new.

Is there a quick/easy solution to getting around 5500 songs in an iTunes library on my PC transferred into MP3 format for availability to use on my Droid X?

I would like to be able to use a program like this or Subsonic so I can completely retire my old iPod. I have about 16GB of music on it and don't want to take up my whole SD card on my phone, or pay the $ to get a 32GB micro SD card until they are a lot cheaper.

Well assuming the iTunes songs were not purchased through the Store (or DRM protected) then the program DoubleTwist should help you out. It converts the M4A songs to MP3 and transfers them to your Droid X. I have the Droid X and that's what I used. It stores them on the card. But I suppose you could just use that program to convert your music to MP3 files. I hope this helps get you in the right direction

I just dragged my whole iTunes music library over to my MicroSD card.

Android seems fine with that, even tho the files are m4a format.

No need to convert, but if you insist, in Itunes, set your Import format to MP3, (which, in typical brain-dead Apple fashion, also sets your export format), and then export each song, and drag them to the droid.

Most of my music is non DRM, and I can't be sure the few older iTunes DRM would play. I have one m4p item that neither shows nor plays via the music player. (But I can see it in Astro).

Grooveshark is illegal and will be sued out of business. They don't have licenses to offer up those tracks.

I started using this app yesterday, its ok for me but if Im listening to music and do something else (it can range from getting an email to scrolling the contacts widget from LPP) it starts stuttering like crazy.

Not having this issue at all. WiFi or 3G, I can listen and webbrowse/etc at the same time.

Check out mSpot. You upload your music library from your computer, and it truly is stored in the cloud and it's free (up to 2gb; 40gb is 3.99/mo). It also has an option that allows you to select certain or all of your songs to be stored on your sdcard when you don't have a signal.

I hate this idea. It seems very risky to have anyone having this kind of access to my PC. To each his own, though. I, for one, don't mind moving files for my PC to my mobile manually. I love the process in and of itself.

you guys haven't heard of Mecanto or Mspot? These are music on the cloud services. Mecanto is free and Mspot is partially free.